About Us

We are organisations and individuals with strategic interests in participatory arts, including community arts, socially engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. We come together as ArtWorks Alliance to help participatory arts in the UK become better.

We Work With

  • Arts organisations and artists with participatory practices
  • Higher and further education, trainers
  • Researchers, policy-makers
  • Organisations in social and criminal justice, education, health
  • Anyone influencing or influenced by participatory arts

Our Mission

Better participatory arts

Our Knowledge Bank

A wealth of research, case studies and evaluations making the case authoritatively for participatory arts and artists. All available for free.

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We are a powerful force in the development of participatory arts. Join in and you can also influence the shape of participatory arts in the UK.

About Us

We are a network of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved.

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more – more swiftly – to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. Find out more about us here and explore the different ways you can join in

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We’ve been supported by…

ArtWorks Alliance was initiated with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It is currently collectively self-supported through member contributions to core costs on a ‘pay as you can’ basis, having received emergency funding from Arts Council England during 2020 through member Sound Sense.

ArtWorks: Developing practice in participatory settings was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Our Knowledge Bank

ArtWorks Alliance has created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time – and its free to everyone to use.

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Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?

How participatory theatre is responding to COVID-19 and adopting different models of socially distanced practice.

Author: Collective Encounters

Considering Co-Creation

Report commissioned by Arts Council England

Author: Heart of Glass and Battersea Arts Centre

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How diverse are we, really?

A new perspective on diversity in CPP projects

Author: Dawn Cameron

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All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

Delivering Participatory Theatre During Social Distancing: What’s Working?

How participatory theatre is responding to COVID-19 and adopting different models of socially distanced practice.

Author: Collective Encounters

Considering Co-Creation

Report commissioned by Arts Council England

Author: Heart of Glass and Battersea Arts Centre

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

How diverse are we, really?

A new perspective on diversity in CPP projects

Author: Dawn Cameron

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Co-creation environments that manage fear and cultivate resilience

Co-creation environments that manage fear and cultivate resilience

Kiz Crosbie from member Mortal Fools shares their development journey to a tangible and clearly articulated co-creation practice that combines the creative process (practical activities used to produce artistic content) and the relational process (the environments cultivated and how people work together). With practical tips at the end!

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Climate artivism

Climate artivism

Culture declares emergency… we interviewed a young climate activist who has found the power of participation in creative activity as part of Extinction Rebellion protests.

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Now more than ever

Now more than ever

AWA member Roxane Permar from the University of the Highlands and Islands explores why we need MA courses for participatory artists now more than ever and proposes an archipelagic perspective for thinking about social art practice and higher education.

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